Recognized as one of the world’s most talented gemstone artists, Sherris has a unique gift for looking into the heart of each gem to find its hidden beauty and reveal it to the world. Sherris’ gemstones have been sold at Christies in England and acquired by the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. Her work is regularly featured in books and magazines and she is known as one of the best in her trade. Inspired by the deep level of connection she has seen gemstones evoke in her clients, Sherris brings gem lovers, jewelers, and master goldsmiths together to discover gemstones as a source of beauty, empowerment and self-expression.
Sherris’ inherent empathy and careful listening create a deep rapport with her clients. Not surprisingly, those same qualities animate her gem art. Called to gem carving by the gems themselves, she begins the carving process by sitting quietly, studying the rough gemstones and opening herself to what the gems can teach her. Her intuitive affinity with the gemstones creates sensations in her body and images in her mind that guide her designs.
Originally a goldsmith, Sherris developed a keen eye for quality gems during her many years working in a high-end jewelry store, and her gemological studies at the Gemological Institute of America. Ever questing to expand her skills and broaden her creative horizons, she ventured into gem carving as a hobby. Little did she know she would fall in love! The entire carving process captured her imagination in a way no other creative endeavor ever had. And the finished product, well! Spectacularly beautiful gems ready to be mounted into jewelry, what could be better?
In 1988, Sherris traded away her goldsmithing tools and opened Gemscapes. Since that time she has carved thousands of gems for clients in North America and Europe, winning eight gem carving awards from The American Gem Trade Association and a prestigious carving award from the “Competition For The Advancement of Gemstone Engraving” in Idar Oberstein, Germany.
In 2015 The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History honored Sherris by accepting her sculpture Southwest Sunset into The National Gem Collection. Jeffrey Post, curator of the gem collection, and his whole team voted unanimously to acquire the two-part sculpture of Bolivian ametrine and Madagascar rose quartz.
An artist’s quest for creative growth is never over though, and Sherris knows her best years have just begun. What does the future hold? Stay tuned!
An engaging and animated speaker, Sherris enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge about gemstones, gemstone design, and gemstone events. She has given multiple seminars about gemstone roundtables at events hosted by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), The American Gem Society (AGS), The JCK Jewelry Show and The Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO). She has spoken about the art and magic of gem carving to the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) and the Headley-Whitney Museum in Lexington Kentucky. Sherris will soon be speaking about the image of the goddess in our collective unconscious and how she was called to create gem goddess pendants to personify and embody the power and strength of these symbols.